We are still in the midst of a disruptive crisis no matter how “positive thinking police” try to spin it. As the Covid-19 quarantine continues with people working from home, with little or no social interaction, some of your team members may start experiencing a deeper level of anxiety. No one knows when or how it will end or what the “new normal” will look like. That anxiety due to seemingly uncertain futures and not knowing how or when the crisis will end, can cause some people to panic, lose focus about their work and disengage from the team.
With the right strategies you have the power to help yourself, your family and people in your organization to not panic and instead find joy and stay engaged. The actions you take now to increase and sustain connection, community, and inclusion will make the difference between a long re-entry or the shortest one possible. If you want to know five actions you can take immediately, read on.
An interesting thing happened to me last week. You see, I was in the middle of reading a piece by a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist on “social distancing,” the latest add on to COVID-19 discourse these days, when the columnist, an acknowledged introvert, alluded to another writer he’d recently interviewed for his story; Susan Cain, author, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a world that can’t stop talking.”
Now raise your hand if you an extrovert or an introvert? Go ahead, nobody’s looking. How are you faring in home confinement these days if you’re one or the other? And if you are closed in with someone opposite your style, how’s that going for ya?
How Leaders & Employees
Go from Fear to Optimism: One TEAM again
The new norm of work is a challenge for businesses and the workforce. No one is exempt from the challenges we face during this period of isolation. Even those who are used to working virtually will have new demands placed on them. Teams will be forced to communicate differently and accommodate home-based needs. Team leaders must find ways to collaborate and move forward despite unprecedented uncertainty. Business owners can find themselves in a fight for survival while not only maintaining the ability to restart operations, but implementing creative ways to make that transition. How are we going to manage all this?Continue reading From Virus-Suppression to Workplace Return – by Deborah Levine and Cathy Light→
I hail from the family of Priests and Pastors in India. My tryst with “Om” and its significance in my life is immense. From early childhood, I was taught how to chant it with correct diction and feel so that it would bring my mind, soul, and body in unison with the vibrations of the chant.
I used to be an over active child and would never sit in one place to study or do anything with concentration and single-minded focus. The chanting of Om made my mind calm, it helped me focus on my studies and made me aware of my surroundings.
There is no question, flattening the curve is the need of the day. It is a critically important action on the part of every individual, inside and outside the medical system, to slowdown the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of flattening the curve is to ensure that we can deal with this outbreak within the current medical system capacity we have in place.
Flattening the curve, however, has flattened the economy by shutting down businesses, industries, mobility, education institutions and, extremely concerning, taken the ability from people to make a living. It is relatively easy for a small percentage of privileged folks to go in a lock down mode and work from home… but not for the first responders, the healthcare community, grocers and folks required for critical systems and industries. COVID-19 has created a crisis scenario for a vast majority of Americans who were already living paycheck to paycheck – many of whom would find themselves in a crisis mode should they run into an emergency requiring mere $400/-.
One of the hardest things you may have to do over the next few days, weeks and monthsis to BE the Leader that holds the light and strength for everyone around you.
You have all learned by now that certain people have special spirits, and people are drawn to you for your leadership, your courage and your inner strength.This will happen even more right now, when there are so many searching for answers. In order for you to do that, you need to understand that these experiences will cause you to blossom into the leaders you are meant to become!
Real life, as we all know, is full of polarities: mountains and valleys; highs and lows; peace and war; happiness and loneliness; success and failure.
Though we, Earth’s human beings, are considered to be the wisest and the most powerful creatures on planet, there is a domain of control that we are incapable of. That domain is the control over the physical world. An Earthling like you and I can only control his or her inner self but not external dominions such as the direction to which the wind blows and where the current underneath the oceans flow. When the Earth sways and quakes rig off houses, when the sun blows its fire onto barren lands, we humans get physically hogtied and pushed to derangement IF WE ARE NOT WISE.
On March 19th 2020, Warwick Marsh and Kurt Mahlburg, Coordinators of National Day of Prayer Australia, sent me an invitation wake-up call saying, “Join us tonight and every night for the next 11 nights as together we cry out for God’s mercy for our nation. against COVID-19 Virus.”
Although I could not connect through the live-streaming webinar, I did connect with my Prayer Generals from Africa, marshaled by Missionary Protas Bulinda, Coordinator of American Diversity Report NEW BEGINNINGS in Africa and Apostles Khassim Nyundo and Rev. Joel Ndunde, Intercessory Prayer Warriors who lead Intercessors of Prayer in Kisumu and Kakamega Counties respectively.
Before I got up for my Morning Prayer Watch on Saturday, March 21st, I was woken up with a Voice that told me to audibly tell all Nations to Put Away All Idolatry & Destroy Global Pestilence COVID-19 and Hate by applying Ezra 10:1-19.
We live in a world that is adversely affected by another virus more lethal than COVID-19, called HATE. For the past 15 years, Deborah Levine, President of American Diversity Report, has been addressing this enemy of humanity called HATE. Together with the Mayor of Chattanooga, Andy Berke, they established the Council Against HATE, that I believe can be adopted by every state, religion, culture and nation worldwide to overcome our biggest enemy today, called HATE, through Global Interfaith Harmony that is celebrated every year in February.
In her very recent email to me, Liz Scrayer, the CEO of the United States Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) raised her great concerns for the Corona Virus and said, “But it also isn’t lost on me that in the era of COVID-19, the USGLC’s message of America’s global leadership is mission critical to our nation’s interests. So we are trying to track it all: the global impact of coronavirus from the legislative to the diplomatic front to the developing world to the economic uncertainty. The magnitude of issues for U.S. interests and the world is daunting.”
As I am writing this message, Apostle Khassim Nyundo based in Kisumu City (former Nyanza Province) in Kenya is spearheading National Day of Prayer in line with the Prophetic Word that the LORD gave me on March 9, 2009 while in Mbale in neighboring Uganda after 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for Revival. At the same time the President of the Republic of KENYA, President Uhuru Kenyatta, Vice President William Ruto, and Prime Minister Raila Odinga are leading the Nation of Kenya in the National Day of Prayer and Repentance in Nairobi, Kenya’s Capitol.
Through this short but urgent message, I am calling on us all, as respective leaders in our respective fields, to join Australia for the rest of the days left in this month of March to PRAY every Day and/or Night, for not only Australia and Kenya, but for their nations and cities as well, wherever they are located. We need a synergy of different capacities to address the common challenges/ opportunities confronting Humanity.
I’m not the only soul who’s discombobulated by the coronavirus pandemic. Heck, it’s got me twisting, turning and loading up on toilet paper without the foggiest reason why. But on the upside, it’s made me reflect on the inconveniences the virus has heaped on us and, strangely enough, how we should perhaps “relish the inconvenience.” Case in point is a trip to Germany years ago.
You see, it took me 25+ hours to go from Dallas to Germany, double the time it took me on previous flights. But, inconvenience aside, that trip turned out to be one of my best ones ever. That’s why I suggested then and suggest now that we make “relishing the inconvenience” a health and wellness priority, a core competency in a global economy.